Ritchie County

Ritchie County

2015 GSC Homecoming Royalty


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Larisa Gordon from Glenville, West Virginia is the 2015 Homecoming Queen. Larisa is a mathematics education major who plans to relocate to Pennsylvania and work in a middle or high school after graduation. She is a member of the GSC Honors Program, serves the Student Government Association as Vice President, is the treasurer of Chi Beta Phi, serves as historian for Pioneers for a Cause, and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi. Larisa studied abroad this summer in England and she hopes to continue traveling in the future. She is the daughter of Daniel and Vicki Gordon. Her nomination was sponsored by Pioneers for a Cause.

Quentin Murphy from Grantsville, West Virginia in Calhoun County is the 2015 Homecoming King. Quentin is a studio art major who, during his time at GSC, has been involved in Pioneers for a Cause, worked as a Resident Assistant, and is currently the Public Relations Executive for GSC’s Student Government Association and the West Virginia Association of Student Governments. After graduation he plans on obtaining a master’s in advertising and communications and working in higher education for a few years before applying for a Director of Art position with Nike. Quentin is the son of Debbie and Jim Murphy. His nomination was sponsored by Pioneers for a Cause.


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Rachel Morris from Gallipolis, Ohio is one of this year’s senior princesses. Rachel is an early and elementary education major who aims to pursue a Master’s Degree and obtain a teaching job in West Virginia after graduation. During her time at GSC she has been a member of the Pioneer Volleyball Team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and the Early Education Student Group. Rachel is the daughter of Bill and Kendi Morris. Her nomination was sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Ezekiel Bonnett from Cox’s Mills, West Virginia is one of this year’s senior princes. Ezekiel is majoring in studio art and digital media and plans to work on a Master’s Degree in art after graduation. Through the GSC Art Club he assisted with the Glenville bench repainting project a few years ago. He would also like to visit Finland. Ezekiel is the son of Heather and Danny Bonnett. His nomination was sponsored by the GSC Art Club, Alpha Rho Tau.

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Jonna Strickland of Cairo, West Virginia in Ritchie County is one of this year’s senior princesses. Jonna is a criminal justice major who plans to obtain a Master’s Degree while pursuing a career in private investigating after graduation. She has been actively involved in the Sigma Pi Xi criminal justice organization, Pioneers for a Cause, and Relay for Life during her time at GSC. When she was 17, Jonna started a cake baking business; she now has hundreds of customers and has greatly enjoyed the experience. She is the daughter of Johnnie and Lynn Strickland. Her nomination was sponsored by Sigma Pi Xi.

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Derrick Woods of Elkins, West Virginia in Randolph County is one of this year’s senior princes. Derrick is a criminal justice major who aims to get a job as a police officer back in his hometown after graduation. He is also getting married in July. During his time at GSC, Derrick has been a member of the Alpha Xi Omega fraternity. He is the son of Arthur and Leah Woods. He was an independent homecoming court nominee.


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Kennedy Cochran, who hails from Clifftop, West Virginia in Fayette County, is an elementary and special education major at GSC. After graduation she plans to get a Master’s Degree from WVU in gifted education and return to her home county to teach. Kennedy is involved in the Chi Zeta Pi sorority, Kappa Delta Pi honor society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Baptist Campus Ministry. She also tutors other students in math and is a student worker in the Fine Arts Department. Kennedy is the daughter of Clinton and Lisa Cochran. Her nomination was sponsored by Chi Zeta Pi.

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Brod Boswell is from Birmingham, Alabama. Brod is a behavioral science major who plans to work with deaf children and become a sign language interpreter after graduation. He says Glenville State has friendly professors and staff and cites it as being the place where he met his fiancée. Brod is the son of Deangela Boswell. His nomination was sponsored by GSC Activities.


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Raven Fatool is from Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Raven is an accounting major who aims to obtain CPA certification and work for an accounting firm after graduation. Raven earned an All-Mountain East Conference Honorable Mention in 2014-15 for being an outstanding golfer. She also participates in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and Phi Beta Lambda. Additionally, Raven has a black belt in ti jitsu. She is the daughter of Gary and Joan Fatool. Her nomination was sponsored by Chi Zeta Pi.

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Travis Hammack is from Spencer, West Virginia in Roane County. Travis is an English education major who plans to teach English and coach wrestling after graduation. He is a member of the GSC Honors Program, participates in theater, and is an ROTC cadet. Travis also serves as alumni coordinator for the Sigma Omega Beta fraternity and will be the editor for the Spring 2016 issue of GSC’s literary magazine the Trillium. He is the son of Fred and Mary Hammack. His nomination was sponsored by Sigma Omega Beta.


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Kaylee Howard is from Hartford, West Virginia in Mason County. Kaylee is a criminal justice major and she hopes to attend the criminal justice study abroad trip to London this coming summer. Kaylee currently serves as the secretary of Delta Xi Rho and works part time in the Robert F. Kidd Library. Her sorority recently completed community service projects with the local nursing home and at the Glenville Presbyterian Church Band Bash. She is the daughter of Tracy and James Howard. Her nomination was sponsored by Delta Xi Rho.

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Toby Crawford is from Augusta, West Virginia in Hampshire County. Toby is a biology major who plans to become a pediatrician. He is involved in the Pioneer Shooting Club and the Fishing Club on campus. Toby notes that Glenville feels like his hometown, partly because of the similar rural setting. He is the son of Mary and Randy Crawford. His nomination was sponsored by the Pioneer Shooting Club.


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Grace Adams is the eight-year-old daughter of Matthew and Rachel Adams of Glenville. Grace is a third grader who is active in the Cedarville Centurions 4-H Club. She also participates in acrobatics and tumbling classes that are offered through the GSC Acrobatics and Tumbling Team. Grace is learning how to play the guitar and looks forward to becoming a teacher or doctor when she grows up. Grace’s mother is a GSC graduate and works in the Registrar’s Office. Her grandfather Tim Marks also works at GSC as the Physical Plant Manager.

JP Barr is the five-year-old son of Jason and Kelly Barr of Glenville. He enjoys playing flag football for the Little Pioneers, watching Star Wars and cartoons, and playing baseball. JP attends kindergarten at Glenville Elementary. His father teaches in the Fine Arts Department at GSC and his grandfather, Dr. Peter Barr, serves as president of the institution.

Jobe Carter is the four-year-old son of Jeremy and Brittney Carter of Glenville. He enjoys collecting superheroes, learning new dance moves, and honing his near-perfect ninja fighting skills. He has also drawn numerous pictures for his father’s office on campus. Though he was born in South Carolina, he is a West Virginia native at heart; his mother is from Mason County and his father is from Mercer County. Jobe’s father is a Hidden Promise Scholar Coordinator at GSC.

Ava Lamb is the three-year-old daughter of Matthew and Amanda Lamb of Glenville. Ava loves attending GSC football and basketball games so she can dance with the band and cheer on the Pioneers. She enjoys singing, dancing, swimming, and playing with her two puppies. Ava attends Watch Me Grow Daycare and is part of the youth group at Rock Grove Baptist Church. Ava’s parents are both GSC grads and her mother works in the Robert F. Kidd Library.

$500 Million in Affordable Care Act Funding to Health Centers to Expand Primary Care Services

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health centers nationwide in providing primary care services to those who need them most.  The awards include approximately $350 million for 1,184 health centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. Nearly $150 million will be awarded to 160 health centers for facility renovation, expansion, or construction to increase patient or service capacity.

“These awards will give 1.4 million more Americans across every state access to comprehensive, quality health care,” said Secretary Burwell. “ With these awards, health centers will be able to do things like increase their hours of operation, hire more behavioral health providers, add dental facilities,  better treat patients with opioid use disorders, and help people get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and make the journey from coverage to primary care.”

Today’s Health Center Expanded Services funds build on HHS’s investments to expand access to affordable care for the millions of Americans who have become insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The next open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on Nov. 1, 2015, and eligible people can enroll in Medicaid year round.  Today’s funds may be used to support these outreach and enrollment activities and help individuals find the health care coverage that best meets their needs and budget. Since 2013, health centers have assisted more than 12 million people with their efforts to become insured.  The Health Infrastructure Investment Program awards allow health centers to renovate or acquire new health center clinical space to help health centers meet community needs.

Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have added 6 million patients, and are now serving nearly 23 million people each year. Today, over 1,300 health center grantees operate approximately 9,000 clinic sites in every state and U.S. territory.

The individual Expanded Services grants are listed below:

$255,708 – Belington Community Medical Services Association, Belington

$268,024 – Bluestone Health Association, Princeton

$270,850 – Cabin Creek Health Systems, Dawes

$253,308 – Camden-On-Gauley Medical Center, Camden on Gauley

$262,288 – Change, Weirton

$250,670 – Clay-Battelle Health Services Association, Blacksville

$315,100 – Community Care of West Virginia, Rock Cave

$319,614 – Community Health Systems, Beckley

$178,835 – E A Hawse Health Center, Baker

$288,336 – Lincoln County Primary Care Center, Hamlin

$266,556 – Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Grantsville

$265,452 – Monongahela Valley Association of Health Centers, Fairmont

$137,470 – Monroe County Health Department, Union

$289,258 – New River Health Association, Scarbro

$250,988 – Pendleton Community Care, Franklin

$261,048 – Preston Taylor Community Health Center, Grafton

$253,404 – Rainelle Medical Center, Rainelle

$259,426 – Ritchie County Primary Care Association, Harrisville

$327,168 – Shenandoah Valley Medical System, Martinsburg

$245,250 – St. George Medical Clinic, St. George

$260,780 – Tug River Health Association, Gary

$252,718 – Valley Health Care, Mill Creek

$388,330 – Valley Health Systems, Huntington

$242,358 – Williamson Health and Wellness Center, Williamson

$267,150 – Wirt County Health Service Association, Elizabeth

$309,466 – WomenCare, Scott Depot

The individual Health Infrastructure Investment Program grants are listed below:

$1,000,000 – Cabin Creek Health Systems, Dawes

$1,000,000 – Community Care of West Virginia, Rock Cave

$1,000,000 – Shenandoah Valley Medical System, Martinsburg

Click H E R E to view a list of the 1,184 Expanded Services awardees

Flashback™: Ira Haught Court News

Original Report on Free Press on 03.12.2015:

Suspended Ritchie Attorney Facing Additional Ethics Charges

A Ritchie County attorney whose career is on hiatus for ethical lapses faces a new set of ethics charges.

In a statement of charges filed November 14, the Lawyer Disciplinary Board, the arm of the state Supreme Court that oversees attorney discipline,  accuses Ira M. Haught, age 55, of Harrisville, of committing 11 violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct in the cases of four former clients. 

The statement, which acts like an indictment for disciplinary purposes, alleges Haught’s lack of either communication or diligence led to, among other things, one man losing his ability to appeal a verdict in a personal injury suit, and a woman the opportunity to adopt her grandchildren.

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The new statement of charges comes midway through a one-year suspension the Court imposed on Haught in April.

The statement contains the complaints filed against Haught by John A. Tripp, Sr.,  Freda K. King, Dana J. Minor, and Kyle M. Gibson with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the arm of the Court that investigates attorney misconduct.  All four complainants allege Haught either failed to keep them updated on the status of their respective cases or mislead them about it.

According to the statement, Tripp hired Haught in 2005 to file suit against Jay Bee Production Company for property damage caused by drilling.  The suit was filed, and appeared to come to a conclusion in 2009 when Haught informed Tripp a tentative settlement was reached via mediation.

However, due to the death of Judge Robert Holland, Haught told Tripp finalization of the settlement would have to wait until Holland’s replacement could be appointed.  In December 2010, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed former Pleasants County Prosecutor Timothy J. Sweeney to fill Holland’s unexpired term.

According the statement, between the time of the proposed settlement and May 2012, Tripp said he was unable to speak directly with Haught.  When he called the circuit clerk’s office on May 1 to inquire about the status of the suit, he was told it was dismissed a year earlier due to inactivity.

After Tripp filed his complaint on May 29, 2012, the statement says Haught promptly filed a motion to reopen the case, and later to withdraw from it.  Both were subsequently granted by Sweeney.

However, Tripp averred Haught never informed him of his intention to withdraw.  He told ODC because of Tripp’s then-pending complaint, it was in everyone’s best interest he no longer handle the case.

According to the statement, following Haught’s withdraw, Tripp asked for a refund of the money he paid him.  In early 2013, Haught send ODC copies of the invoices of the work he performed as an explanation why he didn’t owe Tripp a refund.

However, according to the statement, the invoices showed the last work Haught performed in Tripp’s suit was in June and July 2009 after the mediation began.

In January 2013, King lodged her complaint against Haught alleging he strung her along for over a year about gaining custody of her grandchildren.

According to the statement, King hired Haught in September 2011 to file paperwork to gain custody of her grandchildren, who are not identified in the statement, after their parents relinquished their parental rights the previous month.  After an order was entered officially terminating their parental rights, Haught told King he would get to work immediately on filing a motion to intervene.

Eventually, in June 2012, Haught called King saying a hearing would be scheduled for sometime in July or early August.  On June 14, the statement says King sent Haught sent a check, and two money orders totaling $3,000.

In late August, King contacted Haught’s office regarding the status of the hearing.  Haught’s assistant told King to expect a letter from him.

According to the statement, King received a letter from Haught on September 14, 2012.  In it said his schedule did not permit him the time to devote to her case, and, as such, he was refunding her money.

Sometime thereafter, King hired David Moore, a sole practitioner in Ripley, to help her.  On October 02, 2012, he filed a motion to intervene on King’s behalf.

However, according to the statement, it was all for naught as following a hearing on November 16, Moore learned King’s grandchildren had already been adopted.

Also in January 2013, Haught’s inaction in filing an appeal in Minor’s personal injury suit led to his complaint against him.

According to the statement, Minor was injured when struck by a car on December 02, 2009.  The location is not specified.

However, before the end of the month, he hired Haught to file a lawsuit. Though a date is not specified, a suit was filed, and Minor rejected the first settlement offer from the insurance company. 

According to the statement, after a two day trial on January 23 and 24, 2013, a jury ruled in favor of the defendant.  After the trial, Minor asked Haught to file an appeal on the grounds the defendant, who is not identified in the statement, committed perjury, and Minor’s witnesses did not have enough time to prepare for trial.

On an unspecified date, Haught said he would not only file the appeal, but also seek to have the defendant charged criminally with perjury as an investigator he hired confirmed he committed it.  Over the next year, the statement says Haught told Minor the appeal was filed, and he was awaiting word on a court date.

On February 15, 2014, Minor found out about Haught’s suspension.  Despite speaking with him a day or two earlier, Minor claims Haught never told him about it.

According to the statement, shortly after learning of Haught’s suspension, Minor called the Wood Circuit Clerk’s Office, and discovered Haught failed to file the appeal.

After he filed his ethics complaint, Minor sent a certified letter to Haught seeking return of his file.  Though he promptly received it, Minor says not only where items missing from it, but it also contained materials he’d never seen before.

Also, he made several attempts with Wood Circuit Judge Robert A. Waters to schedule a new trial.  On April 08, the statement says Waters’ secretary said it was Haught’s responsibility to schedule one.

Because Haught’s suspension would soon take effect, Waters on April 17 scheduled a hearing for October 27. 

As Haught’s suspension was drawing near, Gibson filed his complaint on April 01 alleging for nearly the past three years he was unable to find out the status of his habeas corpus petition.  According to the state Department of Corrections’ Web site, Gibson, age 22, was convicted in 2010 on one count each of first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit malicious assault, and malicious assault.

Currently, he is incarcerated at the Mt. Olive Correctional Center near Smithers in Fayette County.

In a letter dated April 30 responding to Gibson’s ethics complaint, Haught said he removed his name from the list of court-appointed counsel two years prior, and requested substitute counsel be appointed in those cases.  However, in a letter dated a week later, Gibson averred that Haught not only failed to tell him that, but also his mother who made multiple visits to Haught’s office inquiring about the status of the habeas petition.

According to the statement, ODC on May 02 asked Haught for all documents regarding his motion for substitution of counsel in Gibson’s case.  Three weeks later, he provided them a letter dated February 14, 2014, signed only by himself that Gibson was making a motion for new counsel.

After requesting additional documents from the Ritchie Circuit Clerk’s Office, ODC discovered the only motions Haught filed were ones on March and May 15, 2012 seeking each time a 60-day extension to file Gibson’s habeas petition. 

In addition to ones for communication and diligence, Haught is charged with violating Rules dealing with expediting litigation, misconduct, and bar admission and disciplinary matters.  The latter specifically accuses Haught of “knowingly making a false statement of material fact” regarding his work, or lack thereof, in Gibson’s case.

Last February, the Court ordered Haught suspended for a year on a previous statement of charges.  There, he was accused of not safekeeping funds belonging to one client, and having a conflict-of-interest with another in a property transfer. 

When the Court rejected his motion to reconsider its decision, the suspension took effect April 24. 

In addition to the suspension, the Court ordered Haught is to have his practice supervised for an additional two years to include regular audits conducted by a certified public accountant, and take an additional nine hours of continuing legal education in the areas of ethics, and office management.

When the first statement of charges were filed, Haught was the Republican nominee to fill Holland’s unexpired term.  However, in the November 2012 general election he lost to Sweeney by a 2-1 margin. 

An evidentiary hearing on the current statement of charges was scheduled for 9 AM on Wednesday, March 11 at the Ritchie County Courthouse.

According to the state Bar’s Web site, Haught began practicing law on May 17, 1983.

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, case number 14-1150

State Supreme Court’s February 12 opinion in Ira Haught’s suspension

The Court’s April 29 order

~~  Lawrence J. Smith ~~


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Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners from McDowell and Ritchie Counties

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials announced two winners in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. McKaylee Lynch, a homeschool student in Harrisville, Ritchie County, took top prize in the fourth-grade category. Jacob Adkins of Bradshaw Elementary in McDowell County won top honors in the fifth-grade category. This year’s contest theme was “Trees Are … Beneficial!”

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Winning artwork by
fifth-grade student Jacob Adkins of McDowell County (top) and
fourth-grade student McKaylee Lynch of Ritchie County (bottom).

Contest Coordinator Andy Sheetz, the Division of Forestry’s partnership coordinator, said, “The Arbor Day Poster Contest is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their artistic talents while learning about the importance of trees.”

An award ceremony will be conducted for each of the winners and trees will be planted in their honor. Each winner also will receive a $30 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association.

The West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled fourth-grade and fifth-grade students in the state.


Governor also issues State of Preparedness for 35 additional counties
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CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today declared a State of Emergency in Braxton, Webster and Wood counties, mobilizing state resources to combat severe flooding following heavy rainfall Sunday night and Monday morning. The governor has also issued a State of Preparedness for 35 additional counties: Barbour, Boone, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Harrison, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Summers, Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt and Wyoming counties.

“In the past 24 hours, areas of our state have experienced rockslides, mudslides and severe flooding as a result of major storms and substantial rainfall,“ Gov. Tomblin said. “State agencies have people in the field to help local offices of emergency management assess local damages, and additional state resources have been mobilized to prepare for a second major storm event expected to hit Monday evening. As the forecast evolves over the next 24 hours, I encourage West Virginians to gather supplies necessary to prepare for flooding, power outages, downed electric lines and downed trees. As you make preparedness plans, I encourage you to talk to your family about what to do and where to go. Remember to check on the elderly and your neighbors, and consider a plan to care for household pets.“

A State of Emergency does not guarantee federal assistance unless certain thresholds are met. In addition, the declaration does not provide for direct individual assistance. West Virginians should continue to contact their local offices of emergency management for immediate needs. Contact information for each county office can be found here:

The State of Preparedness statue was passed last year to allow the governor to mobilize necessary resources in advance of predicted severe weather or large-scale threats. The powers are similar to those involved in a State of Emergency but allow for additional preparations in advance of the expected event.

Girl Scout Project Provides New Homes for North Bend State Park Songbirds and Wood Ducks

CAIRO, WV – Brianna Bengel has earned the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout (Grades 6-8) can earn: a Silver Award. Her project was building songbird and wood duck boxes and donating them to North Bend State Park, located near Cairo in Ritchie County.

“It is an honor to accept these nest boxes as a gift to our ongoing nature-based activities,” said Ken Zebo, activities coordinator and naturalist at North Bend. “We are grateful for Brianna’s interest in North Bend State Park and her dedication to wildlife habitat development.”

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Girl Scout Brianna Bengle, Troop 1170 of Harrisville, West Virginia,
presents a wood duck nesting box to North Bend State Park Naturalist Ken Zebo.
Bengle built eight nesting boxes to complete a project that earned
her the Silver Award as a Cadette Girl Scout.

Brianna is one of several youth and families in Ritchie County that assists with the nest box monitoring program at North Bend State Park.

Six song bird nest boxes and three wood duck boxes built to create nesting habitat were presented to Zebo in June. Zebo said that the boxes were built of cedar and are well built and accurate in design for songbird and wood duck use.

Bengel is a member of Girl Scout Troop 1170. She just finished eighth grade at Ritchie County Middle School and will be attending Ritchie County High School in fall 2015. Brianna is the daughter of Alice Bengle of Harrisville, West Virginia.

North Bend State Park is easily accessible from U.S. Hwy 50, a four-lane highway stretching west to east from Parkersburg to Clarksburg. Driving EAST, take U.S. Hwy 50 to the junction of WV Hwy 31 to Cairo and follow the signs to the park. Driving WEST, take U.S. Hwy 50 to WV Hwy 16 (Harrisville) and follow the signs to the park. Visit for more information.

West Virginia Department of Education Announces 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist State Champions

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Charleston, WV —Thousands of students from across the state showcased their Microsoft Office Word (MOS) Excel and Power Point skills in the 2015 MOS West Virginia State Championship this spring. The top six winners of the state competition were invited to travel to Orlando, Florida on June 18 – 20 to represent West Virginia and to showcase their expert skills on Microsoft Office in a national competition.

The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is proud to recognize the following students for receiving first place in the 2015 MOS West Virginia State Championship:

    •  Sierra Bell, James Rumsey Technical Institute, Word 2013

    •  Matthew Byrd, Ritchie County High School, Excel 2013

    •  Joshua Arehart, James Rumsey Technical Institute, PowerPoint 2013

    •  Kendra Tolley, Carver Career Center, Word 2010

    •  Katelyn Lynch, Carver Career Center, Excel 2010

    •  Arielle Johnson, Carver Career Center, PowerPoint 2010

“We view all of our MOS West Virginia State Championship student competitors as winners because of their motivation to earn the valuable credential of industry certification,” said Sterling Beane, WVDE Chief Technology Officer. “These students are gaining the upper hand in today’s competitive academic and professional marketplace by learning the 21st century technology skills they need for success.”

“I am delighted to see the enthusiasm and dedication of our young competitors in the MOS State Championship,” said state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano. “I congratulate the six state champions for their extra efforts and look forward to seeing how they put their superior Microsoft Office skills to use in their future endeavors.”

The MOS State Championship is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office applications. West Virginia students age 13 to 22 were eligible to participate in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the following MOS exams: Word (2013 or 2010), Excel (2013 or 2010) and PowerPoint (2013 or 2010).

The competition is sponsored by Certiport (, a Pearson Venue business and the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets. As the competition sponsor, Certiport provides a platform for students to demonstrate success.

WVU Graduation List: Spring 2015

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MORGANTOWN, WV – West Virginia University has released its Dean’s and President’s list and Graduation list for the spring 2015 semester.

A total of 5,099 students were named to the Dean’s list for spring 2015.

Out of these students, 1,839 were named to the President’s list after receiving a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Those on the Dean’s list received a 3.5 GPA or higher.

A total of 4,301 WVU students graduated following the 2015 spring term.

Following are the graduates from the area Counties:

Last Name First Name City County
Delauder Emily Belington Barbour
Gray Trinity Belington Barbour
Jones Shannon Belington Barbour
Phipps Sarah Belington Barbour
Post Emma Belington Barbour
Price Dereck Belington Barbour
Riccio Jonathan Belington Barbour
Ware Jonathan Belington Barbour
Zirkle Christina Buckhannon Barbour
Howdershelt Seth Moatsville Barbour
Crickenberger Samuel Philippi Barbour
Foster Tasha Philippi Barbour
Norris Lauren Philippi Barbour
Saas Barbara Philippi Barbour
Schiefelbein Lauren Philippi Barbour
Chapman Chance Duck Braxton
Berry Tiffany Flatwoods Braxton
Tyo Jacob Frametown Braxton
Foster Marshall Gassaway Braxton
Rollins Katie Gassaway Braxton
Frame Macy Sutton Braxton
Zaras Theodore Sutton Braxton
Houchin Ashley Arnoldsburg Calhoun
Moore Melissa Chloe Calhoun
Johnson Mandi Grantsville Calhoun
Dorsey Chelsie Clay Clay
Dorsey Chelsie Clay Clay
Shearer Michael Clay Clay
Chapman Tashauna Duck Clay
Ross India Duck Clay
Brown Savanna Maysel Clay
Paxton David Maysel Clay
Cole Kelli Wallback Clay
Mitchell Kayla West Union Doddridge
DeMarino Hannah Glenville Gilmer
Estep Gregory Glenville Gilmer
Abruzzino Brittany Bridgeport Harrison
Alvarez Laura Bridgeport Harrison
Burlas Corrie Bridgeport Harrison
Cavallo Carrie Bridgeport Harrison
Conley Sarah Bridgeport Harrison
Critchfield Dami Bridgeport Harrison
Garrett Kurtis Bridgeport Harrison
Gherman John Bridgeport Harrison
Gray Wendi Bridgeport Harrison
Gruber Michael Bridgeport Harrison
Gruber Michael Bridgeport Harrison
Guirguis Marilyn Bridgeport Harrison
Henderson Regan Bridgeport Harrison
Hinkle Deanna Bridgeport Harrison
Iaquinta Brittni Bridgeport Harrison
Jafri Shane Bridgeport Harrison
Kroll Colleen Bridgeport Harrison
Lantz Justin Bridgeport Harrison
Lilly Kathrine Bridgeport Harrison
Mashta Mohamad Bridgeport Harrison
Murray Kevin Bridgeport Harrison
Patterson Jessica Bridgeport Harrison
Rudy Nicole Bridgeport Harrison
Sabbagh Osama Bridgeport Harrison
Seamon Zachary Bridgeport Harrison
Sellas Maria Bridgeport Harrison
Shanesy Joelle Bridgeport Harrison
Smith Brandon Bridgeport Harrison
Smith Elizabeth Bridgeport Harrison
Spadafore Joseph Bridgeport Harrison
Strogen Emily Bridgeport Harrison
Swanson Kayleigh Bridgeport Harrison
Thi Brian Bridgeport Harrison
Tomasik Nathan Bridgeport Harrison
Trickett Jessica Bridgeport Harrison
Trickett Jessica Bridgeport Harrison
Warne Andrew Bridgeport Harrison
White Garrett Bridgeport Harrison
Ferree Allen Bristol Harrison
Gillespie Corey Bristol Harrison
McKeen Martin Bristol Harrison
Brown Corey Clarksburg Harrison
Brunetti Samuel Clarksburg Harrison
Cain Emily Clarksburg Harrison
Carbacio Megan Clarksburg Harrison
Casteel Richard Clarksburg Harrison
Casteel Richard Clarksburg Harrison
Chancey Kendall Clarksburg Harrison
Clark Meaghan Clarksburg Harrison
Coffman Fletcher Clarksburg Harrison
Folio Christopher Clarksburg Harrison
Franz Morgan Clarksburg Harrison
Freeman Tiara Clarksburg Harrison
Givens Elizabeth Clarksburg Harrison
Greene Emily Clarksburg Harrison
Greene Emily Clarksburg Harrison
Hamilton James Clarksburg Harrison
Hayhurst Jacob Clarksburg Harrison
Heflin Stanley Clarksburg Harrison
Jougras Cameron Clarksburg Harrison
Lawrence Karley Clarksburg Harrison
Long Morgan Clarksburg Harrison
Marra Jacob Clarksburg Harrison
Mazza Madison Clarksburg Harrison
Moore Patrick Clarksburg Harrison
Noss Shay Clarksburg Harrison
Payne Gabrielle Clarksburg Harrison
Shaw Kathryn Clarksburg Harrison
Shingleton Kelsey Clarksburg Harrison
Smith Virginia Clarksburg Harrison
Stamm Christopher Clarksburg Harrison
Tetrick Alaina Clarksburg Harrison
Varner Mary Clarksburg Harrison
Altizer Dylan Jane Lew Harrison
Turner Ryan Jane Lew Harrison
Turner Ryan Jane Lew Harrison
Bartlett Tyler Lost Creek Harrison
Casto Chantelle Lost Creek Harrison
Matheny Dustin Lost Creek Harrison
Williams Cole Lost Creek Harrison
Wright Makinsey Lost Creek Harrison
Wright Makinsey Lost Creek Harrison
Wright Makinsey Lost Creek Harrison
Davis Brandon Lumberport Harrison
Wilkins Leigh Lumberport Harrison
Wilkins Leigh Lumberport Harrison
Weaver Heather Meadowbrook Harrison
Denny Andrew Mount Clare Harrison
Devericks Troy Mount Clare Harrison
Epperly Andrew Mount Clare Harrison
Wilson Gabriel Mount Clare Harrison
Fluharty Jordan Salem Harrison
Trent Savanna Salem Harrison
Williams Joel Salem Harrison
Harlow Joshua Shinnston Harrison
Jones Erin Shinnston Harrison
McCoy Matthew Shinnston Harrison
Prahl Jeremy Shinnston Harrison
Watkins Emily Shinnston Harrison
DeFazio Bryanna Stonewood Harrison
Lopez Eric Stonewood Harrison
Gooden Alaina West Milford Harrison
Mooney Ariel West Milford Harrison
Swiger Timothy Alum Bridge Lewis
Jackson Ryan Horner Lewis
Dunlap Amber Jane Lew Lewis
Garrett Diana Jane Lew Lewis
Jerden Jeremy Jane Lew Lewis
Skaggs Rebecca Jane Lew Lewis
Tinney Randi Jane Lew Lewis
Hardman Brianna Weston Lewis
Helmick Juliana Weston Lewis
King Carnell Weston Lewis
Metheny Lauren Weston Lewis
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PSC Announces Public Comment Hearings on Mountaineer Gas Company Rate Case

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The Public Service Commission has scheduled eight public comment hearings in the pending Mountaineer Gas Company (Mountaineer) Rate Case. Those hearings will be held:

    •  June 15, 2015, 1:00 PM, Cabell County Courthouse, Huntington

    •  June 15, 2015, 6:00 PM, Cabell County Courthouse, Huntington

    •  June 16, 2015, 1:00 PM, Beckley Convention Center, Beckley

    •  June 16, 2015, 6:00 PM, Beckley Convention Center, Beckley

    •  June 17, 2015, 1:00 PM, Ohio County Courthouse, Wheeling

    •  June 17, 2015, 6:00 PM, Ohio County Courthouse, Wheeling

    •  July 14, 2015, 1:00 PM, PSC Office, 201 Brooks Street, Charleston

    •  July 14, 2015, 6:00 PM, PSC Office, 201 Brooks Street, Charleston

Mountaineer has requested a $12.2 million or approximately 4.7% increase of rates and charges for its customers in West Virginia. It has also requested a revision of its depreciation rates.

The Commission has set an evidentiary hearing in these matters for July 15-17, 2015, at the PSC Office in Charleston.

Mountaineer serves approximately 221,000 customers in Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mineral, Mingo, Monongalia, Monroe, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Richie, Roane, Summers, Tucker, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming Counties.

More information may be obtained from the PSC website: by referencing Case Nos. 15-0003-G-42T and 15-0048-G-D.

Ritchie County Teacher of the Year 2015

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Barbara Laugh was selected as the 2015 Ritchie County Teacher of the Year.

She has taught Preschool in Ritchie County for 17 years.

She graduated from Gilmer County High School in 1991,
Glenville State College in 1995 and West Virginia University in 2000.

Barbara resides in Harrisville, WV with husband Allen and children Noah and Hannah.
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PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Provides Paid Internships for Community Students

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Twenty-nine college students will return to the Mid-Ohio Valley working in local non-profits, businesses, and government agencies this summer as a part of the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offered by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF).  The seven week long program enters its fourth year of bringing local college students back to their hometowns for meaningful paid work experiences and to make connections while contributing to their communities.

“We’re excited to be able to bring these students back into the MOV,” says Civic Leaders Program Director Mindi Line.  “This is such a unique program; it’s a great opportunity for young people to get real experience and to begin to understand how they can make a difference for themselves as well as their communities.  We are so thankful to our funders that make this program possible.” The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, McDonough Foundation and PACF provide the lead program funding with support from many others.

John Jackson, Executive Director of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the MOV, has previously supported the program by speaking at one of its Leadership events. This year, he will be hosting a Civic Leader.  “From our perspective, we have a bright, energetic student that we can deploy on several important projects that we just never had the manpower to undertake,” Jackson said.  “For the student, I hope they witness some of the challenges that face the non-profit community, especially on the funding and revenue side. I expect the results from this relationship to produce outcomes that provide for substantial savings for both our clients and our agency.  While the majority of our community might not realize the impact, the benefit to the clients will be tangible and substantial.”

Many first year students applied to the program, but funding is limited so eighteen were selected to serve as Civic Leaders for the 2015 summer.  “The selection process is very competitive with annual donations and grants providing the resources to pay the students’ salaries,” Line said.  “In addition to the eighteen first year students, eleven students are returning to complete their second or third year of the program.  Students who receive positive performance evaluations may return to the program for a total of up to three years of employment and leadership experiences.”

Tiffany Harvey, a rising junior at Potomac State University studying Agricultural Education, will be working with the WVU Extension Office in Jackson County.  “I feel extremely honored and blessed to have this opportunity to improve myself as well as the community,” Harvey said.  “My hope is that I can recreate the positive memories, personal growth, and educational experiences that I had with the Extension for today’s youth.”

Other 2015 placements include The Parkersburg Art Center, Downtown PKB, the City of Vienna, Roane General Hospital, Arnoldsburg Elementary School, and many more.  Placements vary depending on the students’ intended career choices. Rising junior at West Liberty University, Allie Roberts, will be working with the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg.  “I look forward to getting to work with local kids on a project that will teach them about healthy lifestyles and skills and make a difference in their lives,” Roberts said.  “I’ll be working in a program called Positive Sprouts, which will teach the kids how to maintain a garden and how to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

Students will also participate in a Leadership Friday session each week as well as engage in service projects, attend meetings of the local civic groups, and learn more about what this region has to offer.  To become involved as a sponsor or funder or to learn more, contact Mindi Line at

The 2015 Civic Leaders listed by hometown with their career placement shown are:

• Erik Allbright – Point Pleasant, WV (KS of WV)

• Callie Anderson – Elizabeth, WV (City of Vienna)

• Melissa Ashman – Newton, WV (Roane General Hospital)

• Emily Butler – Washington, WV (Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department)

• Amelia Cain – Marietta, OH (Camden Clark Medical Center)

• Daniel Carlsen – Vincent, OH (American Red Cross of Northwest West Virginia and the Camden Clark Medical Center)

• Emma Ehle – Williamstown, WV (Highmark West Virginia)

• Megan Hardway – Mineral Wells, WV (Downtown PKB)

• Amber Harper – Walton, WV (Spencer Newspapers)

• Tiffany Harvey – Rockport, WV (WVU Jackson County Extension Office)

• Michael Hicks – Millstone, WV (Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office)

• Forrest Hogue – Cairo, WV (Wood County Society)

• Katie Hoover – Mineral Wells, WV (Vision Care Associates)

• Rachael Klimas – Parkersburg, WV (Mountain River Physical Therapy)

• Chance Lytle – Washington, WV (Woodcraft Magazine)

• Daniel Miller – Vienna, WV (The Parkersburg Art Center)

• Taylor Norman – Looneyville, WV (Anita Ashley, Attorney)

• Samantha Rea – Williamstown, WV (Washington County Health Department)

• Allie Roberts – Vienna, WV (Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg)

• Elizabeth Ruscitto – Vienna, WV (The Washington County Home)

• Adam Shaffer – Belleville, WV (The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Inc.)

• Olivia Shreve – Ripley, WV (Sheriff’s Office of Jackson County)

• Katie Snodgrass – Spencer, WV (Arnoldsburg Elementary School)

• Kate Speece – Ravenswood, WV (Jackson County Library)

• Jordan Stemple – Vienna, WV (Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the MOV)

• Andrew Suggs – Washington, WV (eLimbs,LLC)

• Kelsey Waggoner – Pennsboro, WV (Camden Clark Medical Center)

• Brittany Walker – Washington, WV (Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg)

• Hannah West – Friendly, WV (Windom Law Offices, PLLC)

GSC Spring 2015 Provost’s Honor List Announced

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GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College has announced the names of GSC students who attained the Provost’s Honor List for the Spring 2015 semester. To be named to the Provost’s Honor List, a student must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The students making the Provost’s Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of residence:

Barbour County: John D. Cockerham, Jr., Nathan S. Mayle

Berkeley County: Emily E. Brumbaugh

Braxton County: Bridget D. Carr, Jordan T. Cutlip, Bryan K. Foster, Jr., Ethan T. Hacker, Eric L. Hipkins, Natasha D. Hoffman, Elizabeth A. Jackson, Clifton W. Long, David L. Malcomb, Patricia A. McCourt, Drew A. McKown, Kristen F. Meadows, Nikki D. Paintiff, Adam W. Ramsey, Cami D. Roberts, Ryan C. Singleton, Kelsie R. Tonkin, Michael F. Wasylyk, Emmitt R. Wayne, Erica L. Whitney, Mischell L. Workman

Calhoun County: Jared B. Fitzwater, Samantha B. Fulks, Danielle N. Kendall, Quentin J. Murphy, Joseph A. Overbaugh, Aaron W. Yoak, Amara A. Yoak

Clay County: Courtney E. Cole, Kathy A. Holcomb, Nathan W. Mullins, Kaitlyn A. Murphy, Matthew S. Samples

Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia, Joshua L. Smith, Lindsey G. Travis

Fayette County: Vladimir V. Iotov

Gilmer County: Morgan R. Allen, Ezekiel G. Bonnett, Samantha J. Brookover, Teayria G. Cool, Conner T. Ferguson, Bethany B. Frymier, Adam L. Fuller, Clair L. Gilbert, Jazmin C. Gordon, Larisa D. Gordon, Meghan Harubin, Christina L. Jenkins, Jaime S. McCumbers, Dylan N. Montgomery, Cody M. Moore, Athena V. Morris, Kyra J. Parke-Davison, William M. Perkins, Corri C. Phillips, Emily E. Ramezan, Brett M. Rinehart, Hannah L. Roberts, Amber D. Shackleford, Kimberly A. Smith, Nathan S. Spencer, Gregory T. Steele, Curtis R. Sutphin, Tiffany A. Tomey, Kyle M. Troutman, Brook L. Turner, Ashley D. Woodford

Greenbrier County: Jacob R. Harper

Harrison County: Kolby G. Abruzzino, Nikki R. English, Gabriel B. Koontz, Megan E. Ruppert

Jackson County: Chelsey Hager, Katherine D. Mansheim

Jefferson County: Ryan D. Brandenburg, Renee V. Ritenour

Kanawha County: Aaron N. Calvert, Jerrica D. Hilbert, Kayli N. Hudson, Jonathan Z. Massey, Kenneth H. Withrow, Wayne H. Wurster, III

Lewis County: Whitney N. Alfred, James Z. Browning, Hannah L. Curfman, Brenna A. Gibbons, Jessica R. Kraus, Elizabeth J. Musselman, Chelsea E. Nickoson, Jami K. Rice, Kelly L. Weaver

Lincoln County: Rebecca L. Combs

Logan County: Kaitlyn A. Bircheat, Derrick O. Lowe

Marion County: Paige M. Tuttle

Monroe County: Joseph S. Elmore

Morgan County: Colton L. Brandenburg, Michael I. Pracht

Nicholas County: Jasin S. Coulter, Chelsea D. Dorsey, Caitlin D. Gwinn, Carrie G. Huffman, Melissa J. Jones

Ohio County: Benjamin B. Peace

Pendleton County: Holly G. Crider, Kevin R. Smith

Pocahontas County: Steven L. Casto, Kelly D. Hendrick, Brooke A. Riffe

Putnam County: Cody A. Carnefix

Raleigh County: Kristian J. Barr, Anthony C. Rakes, Frank G. Treadway, Jr.

Randolph County: Brittany L. Robinson

Ritchie County: Devon C. Cunningham, Hollie N. Gragg, Joshua C. Kaplan, Shelby N. Layfield, Brianna N. Ratliff

Roane County: Dylan P. Deweese, Corie T. Nicholson

Upshur County: Skylar A. Fulton, Abigail E. Moore

Wayne County: James M. Egnor

Webster County: Samuel A. Canfield, Hunter A. Given, Amber N. King, Tonya N. Sahl

Wirt County: Madison J. Parker

Wood County: Meghan D. Ruddlesden, Joshua A. White

Wyoming County: Brandon L. Peck

Out of State: Tequila K. Beatty, Joseph A. Brandal, Devin E. Cain, Erica T. Damone, Noah R. Green, Raven C. Greer, Justin T. Lewis, Momi P. Lievan, Alfonso Medina, Stephen G. Mickle, Nicole G. Newcomb, Donald Pierre-Louis, Art’om T. Rank, John Royce, Sean A. Steele, Troy A. Steele, Samantha M. Weaver, Tanner M. Wright

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PARKERSBURG, WV—The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announced its grant awards for spring 2015.

The Foundation awarded a total of $224,823 through the Spring Community Action Grants program to organizations within the Foundation’s eleven-county service region of Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants, and Jackson Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.


    •  Calhoun County Historical and Genealogical Society - $2,592 to renovate the museum basement to mitigate water infiltration.

    •  Ellenboro Elementary School - $500 to purchase art supplies to incorporate art instruction into all classrooms.

    •  Gilmer Public Library - $3,250 to the development of mini-libraries throughout the county.

    •  North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation - $3,960 to install culverts on the North Bend Rail Trail.

    •  Ritchie County Middle School - $600 to support teacher training on literacy.

    •  Roane County Schools - $4,800 to upgrade Wifi infrastructure.

    •  The Wirt County Missional Group - $2,200 to purchase a cargo trailer for food transportation.

    •  West Central Beekeepers Association - $3,000 to assist local beekeepers in rebuilding bee colonies.

    •  Ritchie County Middle Schools - $800 to support teacher training on literacy

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) awarded works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.

PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 430 charitable funds with nearly $44 million in assets.

PACF works in partnership with local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.

For more information about PACF, visit or call 304.428.4438.


Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Lewis, Marshall, Ohio,
Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler and Wetzel Counties to receive federal assistance

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CHARLESTON, WV—Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today announced a federal disaster declaration has been approved for Braxton, Brooke, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Lewis, Marshall, Ohio, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler and Wetzel counties.  The declaration will provide assistance with ongoing state and local recovery efforts resulting from the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that occurred April 08-11, 2015.

“This assistance will help our counties address critical infrastructure needs resulting from the severe storms and increment weather during those dates, which represent one of three separate storm events this spring,“ Governor Tomblin said.  “I’m grateful to members of our Congressional delegation for their support of my request for federal help.“

Funds will be available to state and local agencies under the federal disaster declaration.

The declaration provides assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged between April 08 and April 11.

Governor Tomblin requested a federal disaster declaration for 12 West Virginia counties on May 07.

The public assistance funding does not provide individual assistance for county residents.

Hazard Mitigation grants are available for all 55 West Virginia counties.

All counties are eligible to apply for this financial assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

North Bend Rail Trail Receives $1 Million in Grants

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CAIRO, WV – The North Bend Rail Trail (NBRT) that crosses four counties in north-central West Virginia recently was awarded grant funding of a little more than $1 million for continued trail improvements, repairs and maintenance. The eastern counties that the North Bend Rail Trail dissects will be the primary work focus for funding.

The North Bend Rail Trail is popular with hikers, bikers, horseback riding and walkers. It features 13 tunnels, is relatively flat, and stretches 72 miles beginning in Happy Valley in Wood County and ending in Harrison County near Wolf Pen. It is an east-west trail, once the rail line for B&O and the CSX system.  Details about the NBRT is available at

“The North Bend Rail Trail Foundation was a key factor in the success of achieving grant funding,” said Ryan Burns with the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH). “The foundation raised funds used to match initial grant requirements.”

The original funding for trail work is a combination of Recreational Trails and Transportation Enhancement Program funds, the North Bend Rails-to-Trails Foundation, Inc., and multiple sources which created a collaborative partnership involving the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, WVDOH and the NBRT Foundation. The combined trail funding has resulted in a combined total of $1.035-million. The funding is granted through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and administered by the WVDOH.

“The NBRT, one of the premier rail trails in West Virginia, has needed maintenance work performed on its eastern section, but funding was not available,” said NBRT Superintendent Paul Elliott. “Trail improvements will include tread surface hardening and much-needed drainage work along the trail in sections in Doddridge and Harrison counties. Everyone involved is dedicated to keeping North Bend Rail Trail one of the best in the Eastern US. Grant funds and interested groups working together keep good work happening in West Virginia.”

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